Review: Pottemore Presents Short Stories by J. K. Rowling.

It’s the month of Halloween! I can easily associate Harry Potter with almost any time of the year, but especially Halloween. For starters, there are the glorious Halloween feasts at Hogwarts and it is the anniversary of Nearly Headless Nick’s deathday. However, the most significant part of Halloween in relation to Harry Potter is that it marks the sad death of Lily and James Potter and the day Harry became the boy who lived. As a result, with the recent release of new stories from the Wizarding World, this month is the ideal time to post my reviews.

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Review: Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter.

grief is the thing with feathers“Moving on, as a concept, is for stupid people, because any sensible person knows grief is a long-term project. I refuse to rush. The pain that is thrust upon us let no man slow or speed or fix.” – Max Porter.

Since I finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower I have taken to reading short stories. This is both easing me out of the giant book slump I have been in and it is a good way to finish books when I’ve been struggling to find time to pick up anything. Not only this, but I feel it’s broadening my reading tastes because today’s book review is on a book that I wouldn’t have picked up if I hadn’t been specifically searching for short stories.

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Review: Leaf by Niggle by J. R. R. Tolkien.

leaf by niggleTolkien is very well known for his writings on hobbits and elves and dwarves etc in various pieces of work including The Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit and so on. While these stories share a common author with Leaf by Niggle, it doesn’t share any of these remarkable creatures. Leaf by Niggle is a separate short story about a man named, well, Niggle, as the title suggests.

Niggle is a painter. He is currently working on this one painting of a tree and day by day this painting is growing, expanding and Niggle is adding other, smaller pictures he’s created onto the edges. It’s not just a tree anymore, it’s a magnificent never-ending landscape, but with a neighbour in need and a journey he has to make quickly approaching, will Niggle ever finish his painting?

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Review: How the Marquis Got His Coat Back by Neil Gaiman.

how the marquis got his coat backI have been a bit behind schedule on my Goodreads Reading Challenge lately, so I decided to pick up a short story to help me get back on track.

The only Gaiman novel I have read so far is Stardust (reviewed here), but it definitely left me eager to read more of his work.

It wasn’t actually until after reading this short story I realised that the main character is from another of Gaiman’s books, Neverwhere. As you can tell, I haven’t read this story, but according to the other reviews on Goodreads it is recommend that you read that one first (oops).

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Review: Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard.

steel scars“”And you’re late.”
“I prefer chronologically challenged.”” – Victoria Aveyard.

Last week I shared with you all my thoughts of Queen Song which is set before the Red Queen series and even this novella, Steel Scars. These two books came together in the form of Cruel Crown, but I decided to review them separately because they’re very different stories set at different points in the timeline and featuring very different characters.

Steel Scars follows Farley’s life. We see her interactions with the Colonal, Command and other Reds around her as she’s given a mission to accomplish. During this mission she meets Shade and at the end the story merges a little with the beginning of Red Queen.

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Review: Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell.

“If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. This was a holy day for her — it was a cosmic event. This was her planets lining up. (Tatooine, Coruscant, Hoth.)” – Rainbow Rowell.

Kindred SpiritsI was completely surprised when I saw this book appear on my Goodreads feed, I had thought I would have been more aware of a new book by Rowell as everything I have read by her previously I have loved.

Despite my surprise, I was really happy that she was releasing this for World Book Day, a day I always greatly enjoyed when I was in primary school. While this is a short story rather than a novel, I was still pleased to pick it up, especially at only £1.

Kindred Spirits is about Elena who decides to queue outside her local cinema, ready for the first showing of the new Star Wars movie. Her experience of queueing doesn’t go as fun as she expects, but nevertheless Kindred Spirits proves to be an enjoyable and entertaining read.

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Review: How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan.

how they met“You have to believe there are kisses and laughs and risks worth taking.” – David Levithan.

How They Met and Other Stories consists of eighteen short stories of love. I liked this book, firstly, for it’s variety. The relationships in each of these stories are widespread and diverse which makes each story interesting and different, though I must admit that some are more so than others. Nevertheless, it is lovely to read a book with such diversity. I’m sure that everyone could find at least one story within this book that they enjoyed or could identify with, if not several, or all.

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